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LeeAnn Smith, Ph.D., Asst. Chair
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Birck Hall, Room 348
5700 College Road
Lisle, IL 60532


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Biology Faculty

The BS in Biology is designed to prepare students for graduate study in the biological sciences, for professional study in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, other biomedical specialties and related health careers as well as for careers as high school teachers.

 Preston Aldrich 




Preston R. Aldrich, Ph.D.
Systems Biology

     (630) 829-6519 | | Birck 341

     Department Chair (2011-present)
     Associate Professor
     BenU faculty since

     Research Molecular Geneticist, USDA Forest Service (2000-2004)
     Post-doc, Smithsonian Institution (1997-1999)
     PhD, University of Georgia, Athens (1997)
     MS, University of Minnesota, St. Paul (1991)
     BA, St. Olaf College (1987)

Network and Systems Biology; DNA Linguistics; Plant Molecular Ecology; Scientometrics and Philosophy of Science, Wittgenstein

Dr. Aldrich's
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Cheryl Heinz, Ph.D., Biology

Cheryl A. Heinz, Ph.D.

     (630) 829-6581 | | Birck 334

     Associate Professor
     BenU faculty since 2004

     Post doc, Center for Insect Science, University of Arizona (2004)
     PhD, Cornell University (2002)
     BS, University of Illinois (1993)

Plant-insect interactions, behavioral and chemical ecology, butterflies and other insects
Dr. Heinz's
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Larry Kamin

Lawrence Kamin, Ph.D.

     (630) 829-6542 | | Birck 133
     BenU faculty since 1980

     Post doc, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1972-1973)
     Ph.D., Plant Physiology, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1972)
     M.S., Botany, Univ. of Illinois at UC (1968)
     M.S., C.I.S., Roosevelt University (1986)
     M.S., Mathematics, Roosevelt University (1993)
     M.G.S., General Studies, Roosevelt University (1997)
     M.A., U.S. History, Roosevelt University (2001)
     M.A., Economics, Roosevelt University, (2003)
     B.A., Biology, St. Ambrose University (1966)
     B.A., Geography, Roosevelt University (1989)

Biostatistics; Illinois Tallgrass Prairies

Jurica Tallgrass Prairie Project.
Please click here to view photos of the Prairie Project

Dr. Kamin's
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Al Martin, PhD

Al Martin, Ph.D.

     (630) 829-6540 | | Birck 350
     BenU faculty since 1980

     PhD, The University of Tennessee (1981)
     MS, Tennessee Technological University (1974)
     BS, Wake Forest University (1970)     

Research:reproductive and developmental biology; integration of science with religion and the humanities
Dr. Martin's
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Phil Novack-Gottshall, Ph.D., Biology

Phil Novack-Gottshall, Ph.D.
Paleobiology of fossils

     (630) 829-6514 | | Birck 332

     Assistant Professor
     BenU faculty since 2009

     PhD, Duke University (2004)
     MS, University of Cincinnati (1999)
     BS, Moravian College (1996)

paleobiology; comparative paleoecology; body size evolution and macroecology; morphometrics; marine invertebrates

Dr. Novack-Gottshall's
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Robin Rylaarsdam   

Robin Rylaarsdam, Ph.D.
Cell and Molecular Biology

     (630) 829-6522 | | Birck 320

     Associate Professor
     BenU faculty since 2007

     Research Associate, Northwestern       
     University/Children's Memorial Hospital (1999-2000)
     Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Chicago (1997-1999)
     PhD, Northwestern University (1997)
     BS, Northwestern College (IA) (1992)

Molecular Pharmacology; G-protein Coupled Receptor Signaling Pathways in Disease; Evolution and Evangelicals

Dr. Ryallarsdam's
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LeeAnn Smith

Lee Ann Smith, Ph.D.
Moleculary Neurobiology

     (630) 829-6525 | | Birck 340

     Assistant Department Chair (2011-present)
     BenU faculty since 2004

     PhD, University of Connecticut Health Center (2004)
     BS, Benedictine University (1998)

Aging, Genomics and Bioinformatics, Drosophila, RNA Processing

Dr. Smith's
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Monica Tischler, Ph.D., Biology

Monica L. Tischler, Ph.D.
Microbiology, Environmental Science

     (630) 829-6536 | | Birck 333

     Chair, Health Sciences Recommendations Committee
     BenU faculty since 1995

     Science Applications International Corporation (1991-1995)
     Oak Ridge National Laboratory (1989-1991)
     University of Tennessee (1987-1989)
     PhD, Cornell University (1987)
     MS, Bucknell University (1981)
     BS, Bucknell University (1981)

microbial ecology

Dr. Tischler's
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Allison Wilson

Allison Wilson, Ph.D.
Physiology, Cell Biology 

     (630) 829-6520 | | Birck 327

     Director, Science Content and Process Master's Program
     Director,  New Faculty Mentoring Program and
 Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence 
     BenU Faculty since (1997)

     Argonne National Laboratory (1993-1998)
     Howard Hughes Medical Institute, University of Chicago (1990-1992)
     PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago (1990)
     BS, Iowa State University (1980)

Cellular Physiology of Environmental Estrogens on Bone Cells
Dr. Wison's
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